Friday, March 23, 2018

Arizona loss keeps Sabres at the bottom of the league. Plus, lottery simulator

Published by, 3-22-2018

With the loss last night to the Arizona Coyotes, the Buffalo Sabres remain at the bottom of the league with 58 points. The 'Yotes, who found themselves at or near the bottom of the league all season, have been a tear in the month of March while going 7-3-1. For their part, the Sabres have been sputtering as of late losing three of their last four and at presently 3-5-1 for the month.

Buffalo's drive to the bottom of the league, whether it was directed covertly (which some think,) or lack of talent (especially on defense,) or a rookie coach who was (is?) way out of his league continues with only one real challenger right now--the Vancouver Canucks.

The Canucks have packed it in in a big way losing their last seven games and have lost 10 of their last 11 games (1-8-2.) They hit the ice tonight against a reeling Chicago Blackhawks team that's in the very unusual position of being last in the Central Division and 25th in the league.

With only nine games to go for Buffalo, the end of the 2017-18 season can't come soon enough.

As of right now, here are the standings at the bottom of the league:

26th--Detroit (65 points)
27th--Montreal (64)
28th--Ottawa (63)
29th--Arizona (61)
30th--Vancouver (59)
31st--Buffalo (58)

Here are the odds of landing the first-overall pick in the NHL Draft:

31st place--18.5%

Here's my lottery simulator pull for today:

1.  Arizona 
2.  Buffalo
3.  Montreal


4. Vancouver
5. Ottawa

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